A Bankrupt Supremacy
By TAY TIAN YAN, Sin Chew Daily
Malay Supremacy? Oh please, even the dinosaur is extinct, how come some people are still playing with this issue?
If a racial group is the true beneficiary, then what about other races? Servants? Or slaves?
What an unrealistic dream! Is there such a thing in the world? We can't find it in the Constitutions, party platforms or any records.
The initiator is a politician called Abdullah Ahmad, who raised the issue during former Prime Minister Datuk Dr Mahathir Mohamad's era.
In 1986, former Umno Kok Lanas, Kelantan MP Tan Sri Abdullah Ahmad spoke of Malay Supremacy (Ketuanan Melayu) in his speech at Singapore Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS).
Soon after, Umno adopted such discourse and turned it from the original meaning of “defending Malay's position” to “Malay supremacy”. Mahathir took the advantage of it to strengthen the reasonableness of Umno's regime and built up his own arrogant status.
However, such a dangerous idea has polarized people from different races and undermined the national harmony. Since the 1980s, indifferences, misunderstandings and contradictions between racial groups, as well as endless deviant policies were indeed closely related to Abdullah Ahmad's remarks and Mahathir's planning.
The people have been restrained by the supremacy for 20 years. Those with evil intentions took advantage of it to ride roughshod over others and made all suffer. Until 8 March 2008, many could not stand any longer, they launched a counter attack.
And now, Malay Supremacy is bankrupt. However, some politicians are still playing with the issue, hoping to attract some attention. The people may just ignore them as they will disappear after some time.
Umno's Supreme Council Member Datuk Shahrir Ahmad even linked Malay Supremacy thinking to the Sultan system. Did he take the people for a fool? Or was he himself the fool?
The power of the Sultan is part of constitutional monarchy, and it has multiple functions in Malaysia, including to act as a check and balance.
Shahrir was too simple-minded to equate the Sultanate system with Malay Supremacy. He should learn from Crown Prince of Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Steven Shah before he starts talking.
(Translated by SOONG PHUI JEE)